Flowers bloom in the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest in the world, after the rain that fell in early October. Due to the characteristics of terrain and climate, some regions of Atacama have not seen precipitation in the past several hundred years, in some there was no rain for decades. This year the desert bloomed because of the El Niño phenomenon, seen once every couple years, which alters weather patterns across the Pacific basin.

Photo: Carlos Aguilar / AFP / East News

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